Number of victims to be buried on July 11 in Potocari raises to 33

Number of victims to be buried on July 11 in Potocari raises to 33

Number of victims to be buried on July 11 in Potocari raises to 33 Izvor: Anadolija

Two more victims of the Srebrenica genocide were identified and their families gave the approval for their burial at the Potocari Memorial on July 11 this year, within the mass funeral of 31 more victims.

Identity of the victims was determined on the ground of the DNA analysis.

Forensic experts identified Smail Tabakovic, born in 1964 in a village near Srebrenica. He went missing in 1995 and his remains were found in 2013 near the eastern town of Bratunac. Another identified victim is Hamed Tihic, born 1928 in a village near Srebrenica. He also went missing in 1995 and his remains were exhumed in 2007, in a secondary mass grave near Zvornik.

Bosnia’s Missing Persons Institute so far confirmed the burial of 33 victims.

In April 1993, the UN had declared the besieged enclave of the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica a safe area under UN protection.

However, in July 1995, the Dutch battalion soldiers failed to prevent the town's capture by the Bosnian Serb forces and the massacre that followed.

More than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys were killed in the UN-protected Srebrenica enclave in the days following July 11, 1995, and so far the remains of more than 6,600 have been found and buried.

Two international courts, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ), ruled that the massacre was an act of genocide.

International and regional courts have sentenced 45 people for what happened in Srebrenica to a total of more than 700 years behind bars.

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